If you are getting a LOT of email spam and can’t seem to get rid of it now matter how often you try to unsubscribe, don’t worry…there is a solution.
You just need to know how to manage email folders.
The unsubscribe link at the bottom of most emails CAN do the trick but sometimes it’s YOU that get’s tricked when you click them. Some less than honorable “marketers” (professional spammers) actually use the unsubscribe link to identify active email accounts. Once you click, the unsubscribe button, you may be identified as a real email that get’s read and actually, as a result, start to get even MORE spam.
As a rule, I only click the “unsubscribe” link if I happen to remember signing up for a particular list and know that it’s not a “trick” to identify my email address as an active account.
How do I know it’s not a trick?
Well, as a marketer, I subscribe to email lists all the time. You probably do as well. These aren’t the lists I’m talking about. You know…the lists that you subscribe to when you opt-in for a free report, video, etc. These are usually legitimate lists from individual marketers. These people use autoresponders like Aweber, GetResponse, iContact, etc. You’ll recognize the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. These are generally safe.
What I’m talking about is the pesky lists that you never joined and don’t recognize an unsubscribe link from the email list management software. Or, the stupid links that tell you to send a blank email with “unsubscribe” or “stop” in the subject. Use your best judgement. You know the lists you actually opt-in to.
If you know you have opted in. It’s probably safe to unsubscribe.
Your first reaction may be to block the sender of the email….
That probably won’t work either. Professional spammers use fake or cloaked email address. The “from” email is likely not the REAL from email address. This is easy enough to do and it’s a common practice. In fact, I get SPAM from my own email address.
Spammers are already several steps ahead of you. They KNOW that you will probably block the email. So….they send from hundreds of different alias email accounts. You won’t stop them just by blocking the individual email addresses that they send from. It will be an uphill battle that you will soon lose.
Sadly, the fact is, you’ll never really win the war against SPAM but you can defend yourself and keep it manageable.
If you are unsure how, here’s an easy way to eliminate the email you CAN’T unsubscribe to or seem to not be able to unsubscribe from.
Manage your spam using folders and have your email client manage the SPAM for you. It’s automatic and once you set it up it’s super easy to continue to manage with minimal effort.
Here’s a step by step on HOW to do this using Window Mail (formerly known as Outlook Express)
The first thing you need to do is identify common subject lines that the spammers are using.
I’ve been getting a lot of email lately from spammers trying to capitalize on the popularity of Craigslist. I get subject lines like:
Notice that the spammers use different variations of the subject line. Either the capitalization is changed up slightly or the phrase is slightly different. You’ll know what the subject line is soon enough. It will become a pattern.
Once identified…you can do something about it rather than just pull your hair out.
Now that you’ve identified subject lines that continually bombard your email box, you can filter them and send them to your junk mail box or spam box.
Select “tools” in Microsoft Windows Mail (Outlook & Outlook Express as well)
Select message handling rules to create a new rule for incoming email.
Create your rule. Here, you are taking specific subject lines (the ones that continually contain spam) and telling your email client to automatically filter them to your junk mail folder.
Tip: Send them to your junk mail folder instead of selecting to delete the email all together. You never know when you are deleting a legitimate email. Usually, once a week, I’ll open up my junk mail folder and delete them all at once. That way, if I ever accidentally send a legitimate email (one that I want) that happens to have the same subject line as the common spam messages….I can at least search for it and retrieve it later.
Remember, you need to click “contains specific words” to get this box to open up. Once open, just type in the EXACT subject line. It is phrase and case specific. Entering Craigslist will not filter out craigslist or Craigs list. It will just filter out “Craigslist”. You’ll need to make a new rule for each variation of the spam message you are recieving.
This is where you set up where your email is sent so that you never need to see it again in your inbox.
When you click on “specific folder”, just choose the folder you want the email to be automatically routed to once recieved.
The final step is to name your rule.
Tip: Name your rules accordingly so you can easily find them later if you need to edit the rule.
For SPAM rules I usually enter the SPAM subject followed by “-spam” so it may look something like “Craigslist-spam” and “craigslist-spam” and “Craigs List-spam”….etc
Keep in mind, this step by step tutorial was for Windows mail (Outlook).
Each email client is different. You can do the same with GMail, Yahoo, and other clients. The steps will be similar.